WADA and UCI on the Landis Revelations
Floyd Landis’ allegations led to naming several cyclists accused of doping as well as a UCI official being on the take. The World Anti-Doping Agency and Union Cycliste International (UCI) both gave statements in response to the events that have transpired after Landis’ revelations.
Pat McQuaid, UCI President, expressed his thoughts over the allegations Landis gave, branding them as “scandalous and mischievous”. McQuaid further adds, “These guys coming out now with things like this from the past is only damaging the sport. If they’ve any love for the sport they wouldn’t do it.”
UCI issued a statement on Landis’ move to allow his allegations in the Wall Street Journal. The statement reads:
“The UCI regrets that Mr. Landis has publicly accused individuals without allowing sufficient time for the relevant US authorities to investigate. An impartial investigation is a fundamental right, as Mr. Landis will understand having contested, for two years, the evidence of his breach of the Anti-Doping Rules in 2006. The UCI will leave it to the individuals accused by Mr. Landis to take the position they see fit with regards to this issue.”
UCI issued another statement to defend the corruption angle in the doping scandal:
“The International Cycling Union (UCI) categorically rejects accusations made by Mr Floyd Landis, in particular the allegation that a positive doping result by Lance Armstrong during the 2002 Tour of Switzerland was concealed after an agreement was reached between the American rider, his directeur sportif Mr Johan Bruyneel and the former UCI President, Mr Hein Verbruggen. Deeply shocked by the gravity of this statement, which considerably impinges on the honour of all persons who have dedicated themselves to the fight against doping, the UCI wishes to clearly state that it has never changed or concealed a positive test result…By way of information, the UCI would like to point out that Lance Armstrong did not participate in the 2002 Tour of Switzerland.”
John Fahey, WADA President also spoke regarding the Landis allegations. Fahey states that WADA is interested to further investigate the serious case with USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) to get to the bottom of the truth regarding the doping charges. “Generally speaking, WADA encourages everyone with knowledge of banned practices in sport, including athletes who were caught cheating and who denied the evidence for years, to be forthcoming in disclosing the information they may have to the proper authorities. This will further contribute to clean sport and strengthen existing anti-doping programs for the good of clean athletes worldwide.”